There are many ways in which home design and more specifically kitchen design can demonstrate the mindset of the modern person. We have seen this throughout time. Whatever humanity or at least a certain culture understands to be valuable or important at a given time in history tends to get played out in the way that their home looks. This includes the kitchen. Modern kitchen design specifically takes into account ergonomics, a trend focusing on efficiency and functionality, with a tip of the hat to the importance of treating the human both with respect and avoiding aches and pains. This notion has set a variety of designs off into different orbits. The modern work station is completely different from the old fashioned desk and desk chair, neither of which are considered ergonomically functional or helpful. Today, the modern kitchen avoids excess bending, twisting, or putting the body out of alignment in any way. By focusing on these positive trends of space efficiency as well as easy access to materials, the modern kitchen has moved forward in the world. Here are a few of the trends in modern kitchen design to take note of:
First, form follows function. This principle led us into the era of the modern kitchen cabinet and continues to develop the way in which these cabinets are understood and utilized. New features of cabinets include some very simple steps as well as some increasingly complex ones. The new cabinets vary in size, in depth and width and length, based on the intended function of the drawer or cabinet. For example, when you have cookware to store, a shallow cabinet does not do you much good. It is difficult to fit everything into the space and even harder to reach in and pull out what you need without pulling something in your back or shoulder. In order to make this process easier, cabinets are designed in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to facilitate the process of organization with the most ease on the mind and the body.
The aforementioned deeper cabinet design is not the only forward thinking trend we see in the modern kitchen. The next trend is an aesthetic one, and one that focuses on the need to present a clean and clear surface in the kitchen. This means that there are certain things that need to be hidden, such as the trash and recycling bins as well as the other unwanted parts of the kitchen, such as excess noise. Who likes to hear kitchen cabinets banging anyway? In order to combat these issues, the era of the “pull out” was ushered in. There are pull out drawers that let you extend the drawer much farther than used to be possible. There are mechanisms that help to pull the trash can out as well. Regardless, it makes access to the necessities easy without the hassle of having to see them in plain sight. New innovations on drawer design even allow you to make the drawers quiet when you close them. Now, that is what I called improved kitchen design!